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Armed Group, Youths Kill In Fresh Kaduna Attacks

Three persons have been reported killed following an attack by an armed group in Lere and Birnin-Gwari Local Governments Areas of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria.

HumAngle learnt that the attacks took place on Monday, Feb. 1.

Meanwhile, a reprisal attack by youths of a community on a Fulani herders settlement in Zangon-Kataf Local Government Area of the State, on the same day, led to the death of one person and six cows.

Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, who gave these updates on Tuesday said they were from reports by the military’s Operation Safe Haven patrolling the state.

“The military under the auspices of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) has reported an attack by armed bandits at Warsa Piti, in Mariri District of Lere Local Government Area,” Aruwan said.

“Quoting an eyewitness, the military stated that the attackers numbering about six, masked and dressed in black, invaded the community late on Monday night and began shooting sporadically,” he added.

“Troops on receiving a distress call mobilized to the location and engaged the assailants who then fled into the forest. However, two citizens had already been killed, identified as Sale Muhammad and Aguno Bawuro.”

According to the update, the Kaduna State Government also received reports of an attack on Randagi village in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area in which one Dantani Maifaskari was killed and some others injured by an armed group who also looted shops in the area.

The military, according to Aruwan, also reported that unidentified youths attacked a herders’ settlement in Kurmin Bi village of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area.

According to the report, the attack was an apparent reprisal to the earlier attack on Wawan Rafi in the same local government in which one person was killed and several injured by armed bandits.

The herders in the settlement escaped, but six cows were killed by the attackers, with four others injured.

A house was also burnt down within the settlement. 

However, reliable herder community sources told Humangle that the number of cows killed in the reprisal was in the region of 18 and several houses, not one, were torched.

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